Ok, with all the coaching changes and changes to the 'air raid', am I the only one who sees this as a GOOD thing? I mean after 10 years there is no denying that teams had started to get used to our offense, I mean especially last season teams were really keying on what were pretty much our 'set' 8 plays.
My first look at this was with Houston, had it not been for our RUN game pounding the ball down their throats I don't think we would have scored half the points we did. Seriously it looked like they were in the huddle with us. A&M seemed to have us locked down again, had it not been for a few athletic break away plays. I mean when Baylor seems to be holding you down offensively for 2 years and running, there might be a bigger problem than any of us thought. I mean look back to our 2008 year when OU wouldn't even let us SNIFF the endzone till the team knew they had it in the bag.
Maybe it was Potts being in there most of the season, but it really looked like we surprised nobody all season long and I for one welcome a change. Ya Tubs wants to run the ball.... AND GOOD! We have probably the best backfield in the Big 12, what is wrong with some 2 back sets? I for one welcome a coach that isn't afraid to give the running game a chance to click rather then trying a run once then not going back to it till the 4th.
One more thing to simmer on is the defensive structures that have started to take hold around the Big 12/NCAA and how sooo many more teams are running a 3-3-5, or base Nickle sets for spread offenses. All passing offenses no longer 'scare the poop' out of defenses, mixing in a running game into one of the best passing offenses in the league makes us absolutely lethal. I think allot of the nay-sayers out there will change their minds about running the ball more once we start confusing teams on what were gunna do, and start making them look stupid again, rather than seeing Nickle sets all day every day no matter what teams we face.
Lets get down to it here and be honest with ourselves ... The all spread passing offense (like the triple option) is fun to watch, and enjoyable, but is an offense mainly used to mask talent gaps against much stronger teams athletically, using spacing to create mismatches rather than player on player mismatches. As a team, I think our talent has come a long way from when Leach got here and we were playing with scraps left over from A&M and Texas. We now have the players to run an offense that can combine the spacing advantages with player mismatches... and it's about time we adjusted our offense for these changes.